Cops: Boy, 9, Shoots, Kills Sister Over Game Controller

The Mississippi victim is 13
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2018 4:33 AM CDT
Cops: Boy, 9, Shoots, Kills Sister Over Game Controller

Police in Mississippi are investigating a shooting with an especially wrenching twist: The victim is a 13-year-old girl, and the suspect is her 9-year-old brother, who was allegedly angry she wouldn't give him a video game controller, reports the Clarion-Ledger. Both WTVA and WCBI report that the girl died Sunday evening. By the police account, the boy grabbed the gun and shot his sister in the head earlier that afternoon when she wouldn't give up the controller.

Their mother was in another room at the time, and it wasn't clear how the boy got access to the gun or whether he knew the full consequences of his actions, police said. "He’s just 9," says Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell. "I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV." Authorities were not releasing the family's identity and say the investigation will take time given the unusual circumstances. "This is all new ground for us," says Cantrell. "We don't know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed." (More shooting stories.)

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